Top seeded and No. 2 ranked Baylor will face No. 24/rv and fourth-seeded Kansas State at 1:30 p.m. (CT) inside Chesapeake Energy Arena today for Game 7 of the Big XII Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Today’s 1:30 p.m. semifinal game will air live on FS1 with Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) calling the action. Live audio is also available on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and ESPN 1660 AM in Waco, Texas. Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogleman (analyst) are on the call.
The Lady Bears advance to this game after a 95-63 quarterfinal win over Texas Tech. In that game, five Lady Bears scored in double digits and three recorded double doubles. Kristy Wallace continues to shine while Alexis Jones sits out nursing the bruised bone in her knee.
The Wildcats advance to this game after a 74-67 quarterfinal victory over Iowa State. In that game three Wildcats scored in double figures and one recorded a double double. Sophomore guard Kayla Goth came off the bench to score a career and game high 25 points.
Today’s game will be the third time this season that the two teams have played against each other with the Lady Bears taking the win on both previous occasions. On December 29 the Lady Bears defeated the Wildcats 87-57 in Waco and on January 25 in Manhattan the Lady Bears increased their margin of victory from 30 points in the first game to 42 points, handing the Wildcats a crushing defeat, 91-49.
In the first matchup Baylor’s Kalani Brown dominated inside with a game high 22 points. When the Wildcats adjusted in the second game to shut down Baylor’s bigs, Alexis Prince caught fire coming from outside the paint with a game high 25 points. Says Kansas State head Coach Jeff Mittie (492 wins): “I think with them, there are two things that you have to choose in some areas. The (first) time we played them they just pounded us on the glass, angles and getting to the free-throw line. (And in the second game) Alexis Prince was obviously hot early.”